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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 26 Feb. 2013
- Language: English
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Rules of Crime: A Detective Jackson Mystery, Book 7 Audio Download – Unabridged
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Meanwhile Detective Lara Evans, a member of the Violent Crimes Unit, is investigating a vicious assault on a young woman left naked and unconscious at the entrance to the local hospital. She was living in student accommodation but there are rumours of a secret sorority, Lara has no firm leads.
This is a fast moving story with well drawn characters and excellent descriptions of their emotions. It is not until the very end that you learn who is behind it all. A great book that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
I did like the author's ability to interweave several storylines with other crime solvers on the case, each one appearing unique but then blending together almost seamlessly. It does help to have a basic knowledge of the rather all-American sorority set up and the, I think, illegal activity of hazing so that you can understand why the detectives in one of these stories were taking the matter so seriously; that a young women almost dies because of hazing seems utterly non-sensical to me but, there we are, strange things happen.
Nonetheless, because there are so many characters in this book, it's hard to empathize with any of them; their development is brief and understated, although the author does manage to bring in a transgender detective - that's a first (for me, anyway) and the, by now, de rigeur gay couples involved in either the detecting or the journalistic reporting or both.
The ending is not good but more than that I can't explain. The reader can make his/her own mind up about how life pans out, suffice to say, it did seem strangely weird with the result that I felt as though I'd rather wasted my time reading this.
If you're a fan of this series, I've no doubt you will understand more of it than I did. Unfortunately, for me, this book didn't encourage me to await the next one with any sense of eager anticipation.
Although police procedures form the core of her in-series writing to date and about half of which is in this series alone, some have a medical side story and occasionally romantic overtones, too. Consequently, and without knowing her remaining work, I would probably therefore classify her writing as having elements of 'Romantic Suspense' rather than being purely 'Crime', 'Mystery', 'Suspense' or any other similarly related category.
I have read three of her previous novels to date, all from this series and originally purchased by another family member, and this shares similar characteristics to those. All her stories are non-sequential, so it matters little whether they are read in the order of publication date (which presumably also equates to writing order) or in some randomised sequence. She has also written several other titles that are outside of any series.
The quality of writing is quite high and likely to please most readers of crime investigation novels. There is no known record of the author's personal professional involvement in crime investigation although there may be some family connections. Curiously most of the book covers, whether or not in a series, seem always to be remarkably similar and may be her publishers' choice rather than hers.
A worthwhile choice.
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This series is quite good if a little predictable in the endingsPublished 5 months ago by fishmerman
I like this authors style of writing. She keeps all her stories fast with unexpected twist a good read well done.Published 6 months ago by Amazon peter Cathcart
Lots of character background, lots of twists and interesting plot lines that all intertwined and come together at the end. Excellent!Published 8 months ago by S. Rifflart
This book was as my title said brilliant, I could not put it down until I had finished it thank you so much.Published 9 months ago by Pen Name